An extensive search is continuing at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park today to locate a snowboarder who hasn’t been heard from since yesterday afternoon.

Alexander Gautreaux, a 23 year old Mount Shasta man, called a family member to say he would be taking one last run at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey. As of 7 p.m. when his vehicle was still in the parking lot, the Sheriff’s Department and the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team responded to the scene.

Lopey said a search plan was formulated, and an “exhaustive search” was launched in cooperation with the ski park’s Ski Patrol. Snow Cats and snowmobiles, as well as people on foot and on skis were used.

All the most likely areas were searched, Lopey said. Volunteers then searched trails, runs and roads in the area.

“Our search was hampered by fog and snow. The visibility was poor,” said Lopey, who rode in a Snow Cat with a member of the Ski Patrol until 3 a.m. Other searchers continued through the night, he said.

“Virtually every conceiveable area Alexander might have been was searched,” he added.

As of 9 a.m. on Friday morning, Lopey said  response is pending from a California Highway Patrol helicopter, and a mutual aid call for regional Search and Rescue teams will bring in volunteers from Shasta, Jackson, Trinity, Lassen and Josephine counties.

“We feel it’s critical to find Alexander as soon as possible,” Lopey said. “Even with budget restraints, we find mutual aid works extremely well, especially when we need help to search an extremely big area.”